building

noun build·ing \ ˈbil-diŋ \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of building

1 : a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)
2 : the art or business of assembling materials into a structure

Examples of building in a Sentence

  1. My office is in that small brick building.

  2. We bought the land for building.

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First Known Use of building

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BUILDING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of building for English Language Learners

  • : a structure (such as a house, hospital, school, etc.) with a roof and walls that is used as a place for people to live, work, do activities, store things, etc.

  • : the act or process of making structures by putting together materials


BUILDING Defined for Kids

building

noun build·ing \ ˈbil-diŋ \

Definition of building for Students

1 : a permanent structure built as a dwelling, shelter, or place for human activities or for storage
  • an office building
2 : the art, work, or business of assembling materials into a structure


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